Wednesday, April 29, 2020
Happy birthday to my beloved Cyndie! She is such a blessing in my life! We have been together 15 years! We first met in Derek Mason's recording studio in Vancouver. He set us up! She joined our band Myztery right after we met, singing and playing keyboards. Today is also the feast day of St.Catherine of Sienna, my patron saint in the Missionaries of Merciful Love.
We plan to record more music in our studio this evening and maybe watch a movie on the life of St. Catherine of Sienna. I am also writing a new book that I hope to finish in a month. I also plan to make a course based on it that will have text, audio and video. I plan to make an audio book and an ebook as well. Lot's of plans!
We are re-uploading our Myztery albums to TuneCore and they will be in all kinds of digital stores and platforms, including Spotify and Apple music etc. I hope we are listed as an artist, i.e, as Myztery, and not fall into a solo artist's albums who is also called Myztery.
Have a great day!
Monday, April 27, 2020
Good morning! We recently upgraded our recording studio from Garage Band to Logic Pro X. It has many advanced features like a mixer and buses etc. We will continue to record bed tracks, e.g., click track with bass and guitar and possibly vocals. When we are ready we will rent a digital drum kit, Roland, and I will record drums for the songs.
We are using Cyndie's MacBook Air to record our album. My computer is too old! We have about 4 songs recorded partially at this time. We are also composing music for the album after this one, which will be our 6th album. It will be a concept album. We are not telling what the concept is! You have to wait until it comes out, maybe in 2021 or 2022.
We will have a lead guitar played named Andreas, who was a friend of the late David Sinclair. David's wife and our friend Christine Sinclair recommended Andreas to us, saying that his style of lead playing is quite similar to David's. Andreas also write his own songs, which is a good sign.
Have a great day!
Wednesday, April 22, 2020
Greetings in the Risen Lord! Above is my painted called "The Rising." It is acrylic on canvas. My friend Jane Appleby helped me to finish it. It now hangs in the gallery of Marcello Convertini who lives in Italy. We recently recorded keyboards for a song Cyndie wrote. This week we will set up our BOSE system in our studio for better sound for our Myztery Live on Saturday nights on Facebook concerts.
Remember, we are in the Easter Season until Pentecost, which is many weeks away! This is a time to rejoice in the Risen Lord! Even though we cannot meet closely with family and friends at this time, we can still phone friends and email them etc.
We plan to set up some kind of colourful background for our live music videos and for my ROCK Talk program and my Chair of Peter program. I do these for Myztery and the Missionaries of Merciful Love. We are busy in our home recording studio and going for walks in nearby parks. Have a great day!
Monday, April 20, 2020
St. Faustina Kowalska
Good morning! We hope you had a good celebration of the Feast of Divine Mercy yesterday! Here is a movie about the life of St. Faustina Kowalska, a Polish mystic: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E4nZvhL8X6k It is in Polish but has an English translation. She is my second favourite Saint, after St. Therese of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face, and after Faustina, St. Francis of Assisi.
We will set up out BOSE sound system in our studio today in preparation for our next Myztery Live concert this coming Saturday night at 7 pm PST. We will both have microphones this time and my acoustic guitar will be plugged into the BOSE as well as Cyndie's keyboard.
We recorded bass guitar the other day for one of our songs. Today we will record more instruments for another song. It's great to have our own home studio at this time as it is free and we can record anytime we want.
Have a great day!
Wednesday, April 15, 2020
Hello! I have decided to write a new book that deals with change. I am also going to create an online video and text course to go along with the book and also my memoir, Radical Shifts, which deals with the many changes I have gone through in my life.
Tonight we plan to record acoustic guitar on one of the songs for our Love is the Answer album. I will also eventually record a bass part. We have a lead guitarist named Andreas who will play lead on the song. We plan to also make a music video of the song. I am in the process of creating a story board for the music video.
We plan to release our album in December of 2020. I will soon consult with our business advisor and mentor, Deborah Richardson. I am reading a good book on how to have an online digital business. At this time in the world, with the global pandemic going on, almost everyone in the world faces change. Many have lost their jobs and their income. Some are ill and some have died. All these things point to the need we have to turn to God for his help in this time of radical change to our way of life.
Have a good day,
Wednesday, April 8, 2020
Today is a great day to fast and pray for the renewal of the church throughout the world. We can fast on bread and water or coffee. The world needs the pray of the church. We are called to be light for the world and salt for the earth. We are called to bear good fruit in the church and the world. We are called to be in the world but not of it.
I am writing a new book that I hope to release sometime this year. I have also completed a new book that I plan to release this December or January of 2021. We will record Monday to Friday from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm. Today we are recording a click track and acoustic guitar for a rock ballad for our upcoming album.
Have a great day!
Monday, April 6, 2020
My Kiddush (Blessing) Cup
Hello! Tonight we will lay down a click track for a rock ballad we are doing for our upcoming album "Love is the Answer." We also plan to record acoustic guitar and possibly bass guitar tonight. We will have a drummer who records at Fiasco Bros Studios in New Westminster. I watched a video of him playing on Len Osanic's website for the studio and was very impressed. He plays with Paul Rodgers of Bad Company. We will have a lead guitarists named Andreas who lives in Maple Ridge. Our friend Christine Sinclair put us in touch with him. Our friend and Myztery lead guitarist David Sinclair RIP used to have Andreas play and record when he was unable to.
We will do another Myztery Live on Facebook this Saturday night at 7 pm PST. We were really happy with the turnout last Saturday night! We plan to improve the quality of the video eventually by getting a proper backdrop and studio lighting. We are also in the process of continuing to compose music for our next concept album, which we plan to release in 2021, God willing. :) I have done most of the writing so far so I would like Cyndie to have more input into the album.
I will be meeting in May with Deborah Richardson, our business coach for Myztery and Mystical Rose Productions. All my solo gigs in the Lower Mainland of Vancouver, BC have been cancelled due to the pandemic. I will be receiving financial assistance from the Government of Canada for the next 4 months. Have a good day!
Wednesday, April 1, 2020
Hello! Yesterday I set up our account with www.ingramspark.com to sell our books and ebook throughout the world. I set it up as our partnership, Mystical Rose Productions. We will start with Cyndie's book "Heaven ROCKS!" about her near-death experience at the age of 13. I just have to get the Word and PDF document from Volumes in Ontario and then upload the ebook to IngramSpark.
Next we will put my memoir, Radical Shifts, up as a paperback and ebook. I plan to sell my audiobook, when I complete it, through Audible.
Tonight we will continue to compose music for our 2021 concept album and also record our song "Party in the Kitchen Tonight" for our Love is the Answer album to be released in December of 2020. We are hoping to have Craig Waddell master the album and also Len Osanic to mix it at Fiasco Bros Studios in New Westminster.
The photo today is of my playing in my band Tyranny. It was a progressive rock trio with Bob Dickson on lead guitar, Darry Major on drums and me on vocals, bass and keyboards. Have a good day!